Information management policies

Building trust in the public record policy

Our current information management policy is Building trust in the public record: managing information and data for government and community.

It helps Australian Government agencies improve how they manage information to meet the needs of government and the community.

Building trust in the public record supersedes our previous policies.

Implementing the policy

We are progressively developing information, training and templates to help you implement the policy.

Get links to all our resources in our public release schedule.

Report on the Implementation of the Digital Continuity 2020 Policy

The National Archives commissioned an evaluation of agency implementation of the Digital Continuity 2020 (DC2020) Policy objectives.

Download the Digital Continuity 2020 Policy report (DOCX 4MB).

The Digital Continuity 2020 policy (DOCX 412kB)  was issued in 2015 with the aim for policy objectives to be implemented by December 2020. Under the policy, agencies were to integrate robust digital information management into all government business processes to support digital transformation, efficiency, innovation, information re-use and accountability.

The DC2020 Policy applied to all Australian Government entities, including government business enterprises. It covered government information, data and records in both digital and non-digital formats, as well as systems, services and processes.

The policy required agencies to meet targets around three principles:

  1. Information is valued
  2. Information is managed digitally
  3. Information, systems and processes are interoperable.

The policy recommended 10 actions that agencies could take and set a number of interim targets leading to implementation of the policy.

The DC2020 policy was superseded by the Building trust in the public record policy on 1 January 2021.